Stark County Drug Take Back Day collects 1,138 lbs. of medication

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Stark County, OH (September 26, 2016) The Stark County Sheriff’s Office reported 1,138 lbs. of medicine was collected during Stark County’s Drug Take Back Day. Jackson Township Police had the most medication collected with 212 lbs.

The countywide effort, led by Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery, Drug Free Stark County and the Opiate Task Force of Stark County, in cooperation with the Stark County Police Chiefs’ Association, with the participation of 14 drop-off locations, took place Sat., Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After the event, the drugs were weighed and incinerated at high temperature without harm to the environment.

Stark County’s Drug Take Back Day is also made possible through support from Tri-County Waste Management District, Mercy and Aultman Hospitals, Republic Steel and Vail Packaging. The goal is to help residents safely dispose of unwanted, expired and unneeded prescriptions, keeping dangerous drugs out of the illicit supply pipeline. Plans are to hold this event annually in the fall.

Stark residents can drop off medications at any of 17 year-round collection boxes permanently located throughout the county. For permanent locations, please visit www.StarkMHAR.org/DrugCollection.

For more information, visit www.StarkMHAR.org/DrugTakeBackDay. For event questions, please contact Health and Wellness Manager Karen Abel Jepsen at Karen.Jepsen@StarkMHAR.org or 330-430-3949.

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